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Career data updated last on 9/9/2014
Histotechnologist/Histotechnician Histotechnologists(HTLs) and histotechnicians(HTs)are members of a laboratory team who employ histologic technology to diagnose diseases, to conduct research, or to instruct others in the science. They play a fundamental role in the allied health profession. HTLs and HTs prepare microscopic slides from tissue samples for examination by pathologists and scientists. They use various stains and dyes to identify tissue and cell structures. They are also responsible for quality control of testing procedures. Histotechnologists perform more specialized procedures than technicians and also serve as supervisors.
Salary $24.04 hourly- $50,000 yearly
Significant Points Population growth and the large increase in the number of elderly, who are subject to illness, will increase the demand for medical care, staff and resources.
Work Environment Most histotechnicians and histotechnologists work in hospitals, medical clinics, and universities. Opportunities also exist in government agencies (like the Food & Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency). Some histologic technicians and histotechnologists work in the laboratories of firms that produce or process chemical, pharmaceutical, and household products, and medical devices. Most HTs and HTLs work forty hours a week. Since hospitals are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they may work nights or rotating shifts. They may work weekends and holidays and have days off in the middle of the week. The earnings of HTs and HTLs vary with their training, the employer, and the location of the hospital.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements A certified histotechnologist may have a baccalaureate degree with one year full time acceptable experience in a histopathology laboratory or may complete a histology technician or histotechnology program after graduation. Histotechnicians must successful complete a histotechnician program or an associate degree along with one year full time acceptable experience in histopathology. Exams given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) provide certification. The certification examination consists of two parts: practical and written for both the technician and technologist. After passing the examination, technicians may use the initials HT(ASCP). Histotechnologists may use the initials HTL(ASCP).


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